141.106 Practical course on Archaeometry
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, LU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: LU Laboratory Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the principles and connections of the dating and analytical applications presented in the various excursions and explain those in a final review. 

Subject of course

Dendrochronology, luminescence dating, mass spectrometry, neutron activation analysis, radiocarbon dating, X-ray fluorescence analysis, molecular archaeometry

Teaching methods

Excursions to different laboratories where guided tours and presentations will be given. Wherever possible, practial experiments will be performed.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The course is likewise aimed at students of arts, natural sciences and engineering. It shall in particular stimulate the dialog between students from apparently distant areas of research, who are commonly interested in the application of radiation physics methods in the field of arts, geo- and archaeology.

This LVA will be provided in a series of excursion. The following institutions will be visited: 

  • Atominstitut, TU Wien: Activation Analysis, X-Ray fluorescence analysis, luminescence dating
  • VERA, Universität Wien: accelerator mass spectroscopy, C-14 dating
  • Institut für Holztechnologie und Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, BOKU: Dendrochronology
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien: X-Ray fluorescence analysis
  • Analytische Chemie, BOKU: ICP-MS, stable Isotopes

Participation is required, details about this will be given in the first lecture.



Course dates

Wed09:00 - 10:0004.10.2023Seminarraum AI Vorbesprechung
Fri14:00 - 16:3006.10.2023 Treffpunkt Währinger Straße 17 im DurchgangExkursion VERA - AMS/C-14
Fri14:00 - 16:3013.10.2023 Treffpunkt Aula ATIAtominstitut - XRF
Fri14:00 - 16:3020.10.2023 Treffpunkt Aula ATIAtominstitut - Thermolumineszenzdatierung
Fri14:00 - 16:3010.11.2023 Treffpunkt Bahnhof Tulln an der DonauExkursion BOKU Tulln - Dendrochronologie
Fri14:00 - 16:3001.12.2023 Treffpunkt Aula ATICenter for Labelling and Isotope Production - NAA
Fri14:00 - 16:3012.01.2024 Treffpunkt wird noch vereinbartExkursion Leoben - ICP-MS
Fri14:00 - 16:3019.01.2024 Treffpunkt Seiteneingang Kunsthistorisches Museum (am Ring), Burgring 5Exkursion KHM - XRF
Mon10:00 - 12:0022.01.2024 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86813024408?pwd=ZnFseVg5MWZsNnJpQ0NXSDFreVNuZz09 (LIVE)Online-Exkursion - molekulare Archäologie

Examination modalities

participation and final review

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
25.09.2023 09:00 09.10.2023 23:00 11.10.2023 15:00

Registration modalities

Registration for the course is completed in TISS


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 261 Technical Physics Elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
412 Subject: Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


  • M. J. Aitken, Physics and Archaeology, Oxford University Press (1975).
  • M. J. Aitken, Science-based Dating in Archaeology, Longman (1990).
  • G. Artioli, Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage, Oxford University Press (2010).
  • P. Craddock, Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries, Butterworth Heinemann (2009).
  • G. A. Wagner, Einführung in die Archäometrie, Springer (2007).

Previous knowledge

Completion of the lecture portion of the archaeometry course is recommended.


Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!